Arreton Down Wildlife Reserve
Isle of Wight
Telephone: 01983 760 018
The Arreton Down Wildlife Reserve holds a huge variety of wildflowers and the best areas on Arreton have around 30 species per square metre so the downland is good eating for sure when it’s grazed through the winter by their own herd of gardening cattle!
The scrub edges of the downland is a cherished habitat for nesting birds and provides a private corridor for Red squirrels to run through to forage plus the landscape is liberally sprinkled with butterflies seasonally, including the Common blue, Brown Argus, Gatekeeper, Small Heath, Large, Small, Dingy and Grizzled skipper, Green hair streak, Marbled white, occasional Clouded yellow with a spectacular emergence of Chalkhill blues in August! A better place for mini beast safaris is frankly hard to find.
If you’re taking little twitchers they’re in for a treat too, with regulars on the down including Kestrel, Common Buzzard, Green woodpecker, Lark, Yellowhammer, Stonechat, Wheatear, and the dark guests of the Rookery at the Western end of the down.
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It may be worth checking out Arreton Down Wildlife Reserve's website to see if there are any special events or seasonal fun things to do that may be going on during the day.
We do strongly suggest you contact Arreton Down Wildlife Reserve before you set off on your family day out, just to make sure they are open and to confirm admission prices, as there is nothing worse than disappointed kids in the back of your car after a long journey.
2016 Opening Details:
Year round open access.
Prices & Admission
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